However, sometimes even the best advice can be clipped at the knees by untimely injuries. To help keep you up to date with all theDL-bound players and roster changes, here is our Fantasy Baseball Injury Round-up column:
Yunel Escobar, SS, Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves have promoted shortstop Luis Bolivar from Double-A to Triple-A, prompting rumors that Brandon Hicks could soon be on his way up to replace an injuredYunel Escobar.
Escobar is rumored to be heading for the 15-day DL, so stay alert for a possible roster change at SS in Atlanta. For the time being, Omar Infante should continue to fill-in for Escobar.
Jorge Posada, C, New York Yankees
Posada has been diagnosed with a mild right calf strain after under-going an MRI. He’s listed as day-to-day, but it’s suggested that he stays out of your line-up for the remainder of the week until he’s back to full health.
Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Furcal is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. He’s missed action since injuring his hamstring last Tuesday.
Look for Nick Green and Jamey Carroll to fight for playing time in Furcal’s spot until he can return.
Ryan Madson, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Madson is on the DL with a broken toe, and is expected to undergo toe surgery on Tuesday (today). Serves him right, after kicking a metal chair.
The Phillies don’t deem Brad Lidge “ready” to close yet, so the next best bet is for Jose Contreras to get a shot at closing baseball games.
Mike Pelfrey, SP, New York Mets
Pelfrey had an MRI after experiencing “tightness” in his shoulder, but is still expected to pull a start on Friday.
Pelfrey had a great start to the 2010 season, going 4-0, before getting rocked by the Phillies last Saturday. Feel free to keep him in your fantasy pitching rotation.
Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Mets
Carlos Beltran continues his quest to come back from knee surgery, and should be able to start running by the end of next week.
Beltran is reportedly already participating in batting practice, and is said to be on the mend. Keep an eye on his eventual return, although he’s due a return assignment in the minors before he finds himself back in the regular line-up.
Kerry Wood, RP, Cleveland Indians
Wood, originally expected to take part in only two rehab appearances in the minors, got destroyed on the mound after just 28 pitches in Double-A action.
Wood struggled mightily as he gave up six runs and four hits in less than three whole innings.
Stay up on his status, but it’s a safe assumption that Wood may have a longer stay in the minors than previously expected. On top of this latest news, we’re fairly certain Wood isn’t in danger of coming on as a huge fantasy baseball asset anytime soon.